Colombo - England
have left record-breaking fast bowler James Anderson out of the final
Test against Sri Lanka starting on Friday to give match practice to fellow
paceman Stuart Broad.
"Yes I'm not playing this game, Broady's going," Anderson said
on Wednesday, expressing frustration over a tour in which he has taken just
one wicket in two Tests where spinners have dominated.
Anderson, who has taken more Test wickets than any other fast bowler
in history, said that while Broad was "delighted" at getting a chance he
was feeling like a "spare part".
"The thinking is that with the series sewn up it's an opportunity to rotate."
"I think the feeling is they want Broady to get some Test cricket under his belt," added the 36-year-old.
England go into the third and final Test in Colombo with a 2-0 lead and gunning for a whitewash.
"So it's going to be a week off. It's been a frustrating trip for me really because you want to contribute to the wins.
"But I feel like I've tried my best but it's not really been a series for the seamers," he added.
"I feel like a bit of a spare part but I think that's just the nature of playing cricket here."
England sewed up the series - a first away series win since beating South Africa in 2015/16 - on Sunday in Kandy.
And Anderson said he was happy to have been part of a squad that has played so well away from England.
The veteran of many highs and lows in England's fortunes said the
tour under captain Joe Root had been "a real big stepping stone for us
as a team."
"We've been good in parts over the past 18 months but a bit
inconsistent. I think the improvements we've made and continue to make
have really shown this trip."
He highlighted the batting of stand-in wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, Rory
Burns and Keaton Jennings as well as England's spin trio Moeen Ali, Adil
Rashid and Jack Leach.
"I certainly feel like in the past previous teams might not have played as positively as we have with the bat," said Anderson.
"The message from Joe is to go out, be confident. We've played
positively, tried to take the attacking option and I think that's why
we're 2-0 up."